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More about the Yoga &
The Yoga Therapy involves learning selected and highly adapted yoga practices that are very simple to access. No previous experience of yoga is needed and nor do clients require a particular level of fitness or flexibility to practice them safely. The poses are modified to suit and support the individual.
For severe stress, anxiety & PTSD :- The yoga postures that are taught enable tense muscles that are implicated in either fight and flight or shut down (aka the freeze state) to relax, thus shutting off fight/flight/freeze mechanisms at least temporarily. The postures are usually performed sitting or lying on the ground if possible (although modifications for disabilities can be offered) alongside simple breathing techniques if necessary. Clients learn that facial expressions and body positions can be used to calm emotions and reactions to stressful stimuli, as well as help stave off panic attacks, assist with sleep irregularities and counteract waves of anxiety and hypervigilence.
For depression:- Depression can accompany anxiety & stress and is often a major symptom of PTSD and therefore, the above approach may still apply. Some forms of depression however, occur without these other conditions being present. In these circumstances, the yoga therapy concentrates on more mood & energy enhancing practices.
Mindfulness based practices
For stress & mild to moderate anxiety, mindfulness meditation and practices can be extremely helpful and are woven into 1:1 treatment where appropriate. For some, a small group mindfulness course may be recommended in addition to or after initial 1:1 treatment. Mindfulness meditation however is not usually suitable for those experiencing severe anxiety, PTSD and severe depression.
Marma Therapy is an Ayurvedic form of massage that is a little like Chinese Acupuncture without the needles. Marma points are acupressure points along the body that correlate to either lymph node sites or junctions between nerve pathways or veins & arteries. Specific marma points in the legs, head, face and arms are gently palpated to ease muscle tension, calm the nervous system and relax the body.
Often during a marma treatment, fight and flight mechanisms are switched off sufficiently to allow any hormonal disregulation to ease, promoting a calmer, more relaxed state in mind and body. In many cases, the marma treatment also enables clients to process or express emotions and memories pertaining to their particular situations, calmly and effectively.
In the treatment phase of marma, the client is fully clothed, may be covered with blankets and is given the option of using either the massage couch, or if comfortable, can lie on the floor on yoga mats (at times). Marma therapy may be offered initially on its own in the beginning stages of treatment and laterly incorporated alongside the yoga therapy.
NEW! Small group eight-week courses. Yoga for PTSD & Anxiety
Lucia's Light is now offering introductory eight-week adaped yoga courses to help people struggling with either PTSD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder or Panic Disorder. While targeted 1:1 treatment is recommended for all clients as a first port of call or alongside the eight week courses, anyone with the above conditions (aged 18 +) can attend a course without having had 1:1 yoga and marma therapy if preferred.
During the course, students will learn targeted yoga practices, along with relaxation and de-escalation techniques that can help with hypervigilent states, panic attacks, hormonal regulation (i.e. reducing and stabilising the production of stress hormones), flashbacks and insomnia.
Course fee: £125.00 Venue: Wilson Marriage, Barrack Street, Colchester CO1 2LR
Times/Date: Starts 28th October 2019 over 8 consecutive Monday eves 7 - 9pm.
Please email or call 01206 272453 to book your space.
For 1:1 Treatment....
The therapy room is in a private countryside garden in a yurt facility. While basic, the yurt is peaceful and warm with underfloor heating and all necessary equipment.
Please note, it is not suitable for those with mobility impairment – however home visits can be organised for those with physical disability. Own transport required to access the venue.
For 8-week small group courses in Yoga for PTSD & Anxiety....
Held at Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester, CO1 2LR.
The next course begins 28th October, eight Monday eves 7-9pm. BOOK NOW!